Afghanistan

Cameron and Obama, sans yellow mustard

14 March 2012 7:57

Above is what they call the ‘raw video’ of David Cameron’s and Barack Obama’s trip to a basketball game last…

Will Obama and Cameron discuss a faster pullout from Afghanistan?

13 March 2012 11:25

The political theatre of David Cameron’s trip to America will have Downing Street drooling. The PM is, today, not only…

No More Heaves in Helmand

13 March 2012 9:42

Rory Stewart’s article on Afghanistan, published in yesterday’s Evening Standard, makes a succinct case for speeding up the west’s withdrawal…

Cameron & Obama Play Winston Churchill Bingo

13 March 2012 8:47

If you thought Winston Churchill wouldn’t be mentioned until the second sentence of today’s “Obama-Cameron” op-ed in the Washington Post…

Afghanistan Isn’t Working

12 March 2012 14:03

For years now, Afghanistan policy has been governed by a simple question: Do the unknown costs of leaving Afghanistan trump…

Afghanistan tragedy overshadows PMQs

7 March 2012 13:21

I have rarely heard the House of Commons as quiet as it was at the start of PMQs today. The…

What the Taliban want

2 March 2012 9:04

How go those talks with the Taliban in Doha? Quietly, that’s how — although there’s a report in yesterday’s The…

Sir Simon Jenkins Is Peddling Weapons-Grade Tripe. Again.

3 February 2012 12:38

Via Norm, I see that Sir Simon Jenkins is up to his old tricks, publishing yet another meretricious column on…

Today’s NATO leak highlights the need for more realism over Afghanistan

1 February 2012 17:12

Today’s leaked NATO report on ‘the state of the Taliban’ has generated the predictable responses: excessive attempts by the media…

The Taliban’s peace offering

3 January 2012 17:53

‘Taliban’ and ‘peace mission’ — the words sure don’t fit very well together. But they’re the words that you’ll see…

Hammond: New front opening in Afghanistan

7 December 2011 18:00

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond was in the Commons this afternoon, discussing, among other things, the spate of attacks on Shia…

Worrying developments in the Middle East

4 December 2011 15:47

It’s been an eventful , if worrying afternoon in the Middle East. First, the initial Egyptian election results confirm the expectation…

Remember the living

11 November 2011 10:27

Every time a politician suggests a introducing a flag-waving British national day, the idea falls flat. We already have one:…

Beyond Gaddafi, America turns its attention to Pakistan

21 October 2011 9:24

It’s hard to recall a more grisly complement of newspaper covers than those this morning. Only the FT refrains from…

MoD to-do list

18 October 2011 13:42

A day into his new job, Phillip Hammond would be excused for sitting back and wondering what he has let…

The problem with using soldiers to advance women’s rights

8 October 2011 13:26

Mariella Frostrup, fresh from interviewing Nick Clegg in Cheltenham, writes about women’s rights in Afghanistan in The Times (£). Her…

Hague’s European dilemma

5 October 2011 17:02

William Hague’s conference speech caps a revival in his political fortunes, and it also showed how far the government has…

Mullen adds to the tension between the US and Pakistan

22 September 2011 17:21

US-Pakistani relations will deteriorate even further following today’s claims by Admiral Mike Mullen, the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs…

The Lib Dems warn the Tories over Europe

21 September 2011 12:47

The Lib Dems have just had a brief Q&A on foreign affairs. Paddy Ashdown and defence minister Nick Harvey gave…

Foreign Policy Hogwash

17 September 2011 3:16

As a general rule any time you read an article asking that foreign policy be recalibrated to take greater account…

From the archives: 9/11

9 September 2011 17:37

This Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001. Here is the article Stephen Glover…

Blair returns to warn of the dangers of Iran

9 September 2011 9:04

With the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaching, Tony Blair has given an interview to The Times. What’s making news is…

A day in NATO’s wars

30 August 2011 14:46

It was a classic gaffe. Andrew Mitchell’s briefing notes have been photographed outside Downing Street and, according to Sky, they…

A black anniversary

19 August 2011 8:57

Even after 10 years, Afghanistan still has the capacity to shock. Details of the attack on Kabul are vague, but…

An American context for UK defence cuts

4 August 2011 17:42

Yesterday’s defence select committee report provoked stern critiques of the government’s defence policy from Alex Massie and Matt Cavanagh. It…